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Revisioning John Chrysostom

New Approaches, New Perspectives

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Edited by Chris de Wet and Wendy Mayer

In Revisioning John Chrysostom, Chris de Wet and Wendy Mayer harness and promote a new wave of scholarship on the life and works of this famous late-antique (c. 350-407 CE) preacher. New theories from the cognitive and neurosciences, cultural and sleep studies, and history of the emotions, among others, meld with reconsideration of lapsed approaches – his debt to Graeco-Roman paideia, philosophy, and now medicine – resulting in sometimes surprising and challenging conclusions. Together the chapters produce a fresh vision of John Chrysostom that moves beyond the often negative views of the 20th century and open up substantially new vistas for exploration.

Sarah Patterson White

David Rylaarsdam, John Chrysostom on Divine Pedagogy. The Coherence of his Theology and Preaching . Oxford University Press, Oxford/New York 2014, xxvi + 317 pp. ISBN 9780198715382. £65; US $105. John Chrysostom has often been received as a popularizer rather than a theologian who

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Pak-Wah Lai

1 Exemplar Rhetoric and Interpreting Chrysostom John Chrysostom is one of the most popular church fathers among western Christians, second, perhaps, only to Augustine. 1 In Protestant circles, he is widely admired for his pastoral vision, moral reforms, preaching prowess and also for his skills as

Calvin’s Use of the Chevallon Edition of Chrysostom’s Opera Omnia

The Relationship between the Marked Sections and Calvin’s Writings

Jeannette Kreijkes

1. Introduction For his exegesis, John Calvin (1509–1564) made an extensive use of the patristic tradition. Since John Chrysostom (ca. 349–407) usually interprets literally, Calvin considered him the best Early Christian exegete. Of all the church fathers, Chrysostom is the most

Elizabeth A. Clark

-although these are differently located by the three exegetes I shall discuss here, John Chrysostom, Jerome, and Origen. II John Chrysostom will serve as an example of the Fathers inter- ested to "unite the times." Chrysostom denies that there is (or should be) a yawning gap that divides the mores of the Old Tes

James Constantine Hanges

patristic admirers of Paul,’ namely John Chrysostom, said about Paul as founder of churches, and eventually, Paul as founder of the church.” De Wet moves in this direction assuming some of my basic conclusions about Paul’s self-understanding and his legacy as a founder-figure. Most importantly, de Wet

R. Ward Holder

turn toward the modern. This is frequently credited as a half contribution to the history of theology because some scholars wish to argue that deciding on the most likely text for the Bible is not a task that involves theology. Greta Grace Kroeker’s new book, a revision of her doctoral dissertation

Wendy Mayer

large body of evidence available to us in the writings, letters and homilies of John Chrysostom and of Severus of Antioch, and the prominent role of that city in the ecclesiastical and secular politics of the mid fourth to early sixth centuries. In an attempt to redress this deficiency in part, in this

Les martyrs Maccabées: de l'histoire juive au culte chrétien

Les homélies de Grégoire de Nazianze et de Jean Chrysostome

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Raphaëlle Ziadé

The Maccabean Martyrs, Jewish heroes from the era of the persecution of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, were incorporated into the IVth century Christian martyrology. Two Church Fathers, Gregory Nazianzen and John Chrysostom wrote panegyrics in their honour, which are studied and translated in this book.
The first part shows how, since the beginning, the Church referred to these martyrs as biblical examples known through 2 and 4 Maccabees. The second part describes, through the eulogies of Gregory and John, the circumstances surrounding the creation of the Christian Feast. The third part analyzes the preaching built around the story of the Maccabean martyrs, where, following the 4 M model, Eleazar, the seven brothers and their mother are established as examples of virtue and asceticism for the edification of all Christians.
The book investigates an original aspect of the cult of martyrs : the christianisation of jewish martyrs killed defending the Law, and sheds light on the sometimes contradictory preaching choices of Gregory and John to respond to the jewish roots of this cult.
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Les martyrs Maccabées, héros juifs de la persécution d’Antiochus IV Epiphane, furent intégrés dans le martyrologe chrétien au IVè siècle. À la même époque, en Orient, deux Pères de l’Eglise, Grégoire de Nazianze et Jean Chrysostome, ont prononcé des discours panégyriques en leur honneur, étudiés et traduits dans ce livre.
La première partie montre comment, depuis l’origine, l’Eglise citait comme exemples bibliques ces martyrs connus par le Deuxième et le Quatrième livre des Maccabées. La deuxième partie décrit, au travers des panégyriques de Grégoire et de Jean, les circonstances qui ont marqué l’instauration de la fête chrétienne dédiée à ces martyrs. La troisième partie analyse la prédication adressée aux fidèles à partir de l’épisode maccabéen, Eléazar, les sept frères et leur Mère devenant, sur le modèle de 4 M, des exemples de vertus et d’ascèse proposés à l’imitation de tous.
Le livre explore ainsi un aspect original du culte des martyrs, la christianisation de martyrs juifs morts pour la défense de la Loi, et met en lumière les choix de prédication, parfois opposés, de Grégoire et de Jean face à l’enracinement juif de ce culte.

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Wendy Mayer

( London ), 3 – 29 . Mayer , W. ( forthcoming a ) ‘Preaching Hatred? John Chrysostom, Neuroscience, and the Jews’ , in C. L. de Wet and W. Mayer (eds) Revisioning John Chrysostom: New Approaches, New Perspectives ( Leiden ). Mayer , W. ( forthcoming b ) ‘Fundamentalism as a Response